In a controversial move, Angelina Jolie announced yesterday that she had a double mastectomy, surgically removing both of her breasts even though she does not have breast cancer. She carries the BRCA1 gene, which supposedly predisposes women to developing cancer. In an op-ed piece she penned for the New York Times, Jolie revealed that doctors had estimated she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.
While widely praised for her move, Jolie’s decision and the announcement of that decision weigh heavily on those of us in the medical field that prefer a less invasive, holistic and functional approach to health. The fact remains that the practice of preventing cancer with surgery is still a theory – and a dangerous road for mainstream medicine to head down. We would never suggest patients who have just been diagnosed with diabetes surgically remove their legs in an effort to prevent developing gangrene.
Millions of women carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and will never develop breast cancer because they lead a healthy, anti-cancer lifestyle based on nutrition, exercise, proper brain-body connectivity and avoidance of cancer-causing chemicals.
Genes can only be turned on when the conditions are right. Living your life the way you were genetically designed will not turn on these types of genes. In addition, cancer is a systemic disease, it does not specifically target one set of tissues or organs. It is often detected and labeled as such, but the body needs to be treated as a whole entity. One of our main problems today in “health care” is the fractionalization of our total wellness. The belief that illness can be compartmentalized is ridiculous.
Take responsibility by making healthy lifestyle choices. Get your health In Line!
– Dr. Blaine
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